Pick of the Day: Geographer David Harvey on Urban Development and Power – SPIEGEL ONLINE

David Harvey

David Harvey

‘These days, cities try demanding premiums by advertising themselves as culturally unique. After the Guggenheim Museum was built in Bilbao in 1997, cities all over the world followed its example and began developing landmark projects. The goal is to be able to say: “This city is unique, and that’s why you need to pay a special price to be here.”

[…] The bubble has already burst in Spain, and many of the huge projects remain only half-finished. Incidentally, major events like the Olympic Games, the soccer World Cup and music festivals serve the same purpose. Cities try to secure themselves a prime position on the market — like a rare wine of an exceptionally good vintage.’

via Marxist and Geographer David Harvey on Urban Development and Power – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

About Ares

Ares Kalandides holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from the National Technical University of Athens. He is the founder and CEO of Inpolis, an international consultancy based in Berlin, Germany and has implement several projects around the world. Ares teaches Urban Economics at the Technical University in Berlin and Metropolitan Studies at NYU Berlin.
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One Response to Pick of the Day: Geographer David Harvey on Urban Development and Power – SPIEGEL ONLINE

  1. fereshteh_habib@yahoo.com says:

    important and interesting topic!

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